VeteranAid.org Announces 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship Winners

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Three college students were selected for their innovative proposals to create a veterans benefit to improve the lives of American senior veterans.

VeteranAid.org announces 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship Winners

VeteranAid.org announces 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship Winners

VeteranAid.org today announced the winners of their first annual scholarship program for American students enrolled in an accredited two-year college or four-year university program. Of the nearly 100 students who applied from 70 different schools nationwide, only three students were selected to receive the scholarship award.

VeteranAid.org is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. The organization launched its annual scholarship program in 2016 as part of an initiative to bring awareness to younger generations of the benefits currently offered to senior veterans and what kind of benefit they would implement.

Winners were chosen based on their essay response to the prompt, “Give an example of one veteran's benefit and explain how it helps senior veterans. Then propose your own benefit to help senior veterans.” Three students were selected to receive the $2,000 Veteran Benefits Scholarship.

The winners of the VeteranAid.org 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship were Parys Alexander, Mary Biller, and Mingjie Feng. Ms. Alexander moved to Florida when her father was stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base and currently attends the University of West Florida and is seeking a degree in Healthcare Administration. She proposed creating a Veterans Housing Act to utilize 50% of the currently available 42% of unused housing on military bases to provide affordable subsidized housing to military veterans and their families. Ms. Biller is currently pursuing her degree in management at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. She proposed privatizing the health care provided by the VA at its many facilities. Mr. Feng is a U.S. Army veteran who served from 2009 - 2013 as a 91H Tracked Vehicle Mechanic in 2/4th FA, 214th Fires Brigade, stationed in Fort Sill, OK. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Business at Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He proposed a veterans benefit called the Veterans Student Loan and Pension Fund which is a mix of a retirement plan where veterans can put away money into a portfolio to be fun by a non-profit organization. The portfolio would then use that money to loan to student veterans at a rate much lower than private banks' market rate that also pays an annuity to senior veteran pensioners.

To learn more about the scholarship recipients and read the winning submissions, please visit the VeteranAid.org blog.

About VeteranAid.org
VeteranAid.org is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. VeteranAid.org has been around for over a decade and prides itself on its useful information on everything one would need to know about the Aid and Attendance benefit, including eligibility, how to apply, FAQ, and forums where users can read others’ questions and success stories or join the forums and ask their own questions. For more information, please visit http://www.veteranaid.org or call (866) 584-7191.

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